A day soaking in Go = Ultimate fun!
Let's walk through Go guru challenge as if you've been here for rejoice.
John Nash in "A Beautiful Mind". He lost a Go game, and he claimed that "this game is flawed", since he played first but lost. As a result, Nash invented the game Hex http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hex_(board_game).
Well, it is basically a simple version of Go. For Nash, the most important property of Hex is that there exist a winning strategy for the first player. Actually, this fact is EQUIVALENT to the famous Brouwer fixed point theorem in analysis.
Okay, in real life, Nash plays better Go than in the film.
Recap of the game
In the blitz game which ends first, Zhu from UCLA establishes a solid lead in the opening stage. By keeping that lead safely, Zhu wins a lead for the UC team. Then games of the second board and the third board finish consecutively. Lu from Berkeley and Qin from BNU fight throughout their game. In the decisive battle when several groups of black and white tangle, the girl from BNU keenly catches a hasty atari of her opponent. Qin then kills Lu’s dragon, and terminates the game. In the peaceful game of the third board, Wei from Berkeley and Peng from BNU push the game to endgame stage in 100 moves. At the center of their board, however, Peng plays a series of tesujis to win the close game.
BNU’s two victories overturn the match, putting pressure on Pan from UCLA who plays the first board. As players who love combats, Pan and Luo from BNU make an intense fight in the opening stage, which exhausts their regular reserved time. Under the pressure of byo-yomi, Luo makes a mistake, and that costs him a dragon and the game.
Now the result of the match depends completely on the fourth board. Wu from BNU, keeps a lead of about 15 points before endgame stage, and it seems that there is no problem for him to win. However, Zhang from UCLA plays in a tenacious manner. By catching a connection problem of Wu’s group, Zhang gets a great reward for his perseverance, and overturns the game. Although Wu tries hard in the rest of the game, Zhang does not give Wu any chance to fight back. In the end, Zhang wins by resign.
When all five games finish, UC team beats BNU by a neck with score 3:2. Having prepared for two weeks, both teams play a satisfactory friendly match. The victory of UC team indeed brings confidence to Go fans of UCLA and Berkeley.
The last general meeting of winter quarter!!! We played Rengo and everyone had fun. We are also very glad to have an 8-year-old player Derrick joining our meeting today. Thank you all for the support in the past two quarters. You guys are amazing and we will see you in spring! General meeting and location TBA. Good luck on finals!
We will have our weekly meeting tomorrow (Friday 2/27) at Humanities A26 from 6pm to 8pm.
Last week we played 5-versus-5 Rengo, and it was a lot of fun.
Please join us tomorrow for a game played by ten or even more people! We highly encourage beginners to play Rengo, since your teammates will guide you to play brilliant moves, and you will become much stronger. Actually it was a surprise that our beginners Lucy Hua Wenkang Yuan and Jing Anplayed so well last week.
Good luck and have fun!
Happy Chinese New Year to you all! Here is a life-and-death problem of "过年(celebrating Chinese New Year)". Please enjoy :P
UCLA Go team beats University of Michigan by 2-1 in a match of the CGL(Collegiate Go League) tournament this morning. Many thanks to our team members who played in this match Chaohao Pan, Izzy Matthew, @Tianqi Wang, and our substitutes Aobo Zhang, @Yiming Zhang, Tony Zhang. It is an amazing first step for our team in CGL Championship Tournament!